HEAL Food Alliance

2021 School of Political Leadership

Team: Cultivate Charlottesville - Land, Liberate, Reparate

Jeanette Abi-Nader

Headshot for Jeanette Abi-Nader

Executive Director,
Cultivate Charlottesville

The food system in Charlottesville does not serve everyone equally. Over the past few years we have been coming together as a network to change the narrative about what it means to be a foodie city to move towards becoming a food equity city that believes and practices food as a human right. Our hope with the Land is Liberation campaign is to build our community power to influence policy and practice around urban agriculture. 
Jeanette on what SoPL means to her

Meet Jeanette

Jeanette grew up in a big Lebanese family in western Pennsylvania where food and culture were deeply connected. After undergraduate studies in an interdisciplinary program focused on community development and working in a local community center, she began to discover how hunger and food insecurity limits our ability to thrive and apprenticed on organic farms in New York. Since that time Jeanette has focused on farming as a tool for community development, building equity and rooting out our country’s racism. Jeanette received an MS in Sustainable Systems, Agroecology, and Permaculture. A few places she has worked include the Capital Area Food Bank Farm in Washington, D.C., American Community Gardening Association, Frontier Natural Foods Cooperative, Southern Sustainable Agriculture Working Group, New Orleans Food & Farm Network (Board Member), Community Food Security Coalition, Keecha Harris & Associates, and now Cultivate Charlottesville.